Want to adopt an Italian Greyhoundor Italian Greyhoundmix ? These dogs are in your area!
Here is what we find to be most important to know about Italian Greyhounds:
Italian Greyhounds love to be lap dogs, under the covers, and near their owners as much as possible. They often like to be kenneled with another IG for company. Separation anxiety is common when they are alone in a kennel. They can be timid around strangers.
Italian Greyhounds aren’t generally very barky dogs. They also don’t tend to have “dog smell” and need very little grooming.
Housetraining difficulty is the number one reason Italian Greyhounds are surrendered to rescue groups. They WILL have accidents when the temperatures start to change in the fall, when it is rainy outside, or there is dew on the ground even. They need to go outside to potty every 4 hours usually, so may not be a fit for somebody who can't come home at lunch. Since they are sighthounds, they will chase anything and everything, so they need a fenced yard. People who adopt one should also be extremely careful when exiting a door that does not lead to a fenced area. However, electric fencing may be too traumatic for them and is never recommended.
Italian Greyhounds range from 6 to 20+ pounds when full-grown; however, most in rescue are generally from 10 to 18 pounds. Italian Greyhounds should not be allowed to be even slightly overweight, as extra weight is bad for their hips and patellas. At a proper weight, you should be able to see a little bit of rib and vertebrae.
This is a breed that needs a very experienced adopter. They must ALWAYS be kept on a leash, preferably a martingale type collar that can't be slipped out. Harnesses can often be escaped because of their deep chest if they are spooked.
Things to know about IG's before adopting: We always want people to know the pros and cons.
CONS: Their legs can be very fragile and if they get broken the cost is very expensive $1200 to $3500 per leg. The breed has a lot of epilepsy, thyroid issues, luxating patella, PRA (blindness at an early age), alopecia and food allergies. They can be extremely hard to housebreak. Never to be trusted off leash, they are as fast as lightening and do not have good recall...they are a sighthound. Don't always do well as only dogs. Can have separation anxiety. Can be sensitive and hard to manage sometimes. We don't encourage IG's with small children.
PROS: Italian Greyhounds are sweet and loving dogs. They’re easy to groom. Low shedding but not hypoallergenic. Big snugglers. They’re like potato chips...can't have just one. Smart. Beautiful. They do well with adults. Total lap dog. Loves being under the covers.
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Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a Italian Greyhound puppy (or, gasp! find a Italian Greyhound puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a Italian Greyhound puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears. Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order. Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display. When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals. This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.
Puppies teethe. They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos. Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult Italian Greyhound (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.
Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day? A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?
If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours). So a three-month-old Italian Greyhound puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on. If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a Italian Greyhound rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.
Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Italian Greyhound adoption, we hear the same things over and over again. If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have. So it’s time for us to set the record straight:
Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Italian Greyhound, even a Italian Greyhound puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group. And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs. In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck. Think about it: let’s say you buy a Italian Greyhound puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful Italian Greyhound if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter. The lucky person who adopts your Italian Greyhound would be getting a great dog! Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times. Many of them are housebroken and trained. Italian Greyhound rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Italian Greyhound you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new Italian Greyhound to their family!